Powerbook G4 upgrade or New Macbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by radicalmatzo, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys quick question...currently i'm running a powerbook g4 1.67, and its starting to slow down on me. I have tons of pics and music and i have been faced with the predicament of either upgrading the RAM or just shelling out the extra money for a new computer. I run a lot of of my music programs on there as well (ie. Reason, ProTools) So what would you do? A few Mac people have told me to just upgrade the the ram and you'll see a huge difference and i'd be happy. But what do you guys think?
     
  2. macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    How much RAM do you have right now? Do you need a discrete video card?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    512. here is the thing. everything runs great except when my iphoto is open, then everything is incredibly slow. i have about 3000 hi-res pics in there so i'm figuring that is doing the damage.
     
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    Lord Blackadder

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    I have a 15" PowerBook G4 1.33GHz with 1.25GB RAM, and with around 3500 high resolution photos in iPhoto performance is very good. I'd recommend maxing out the RAM, it's much cheaper than a new laptop and I think it will solve your issues.
     
  5. macrumors 68020

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    I suspect you could benefit from a memory upgrade. But to make sure, open Activity Monitor in your Utilities folder. Click on the System Memory tab and tell us how many Page Outs you have. Do this after you've used your computer for a few hours, at the least.
     
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    Eidorian

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    I haven't used 512 MB of RAM since 2003. I'd get with the times and get some more.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep...i'm very much past due. Would 1g suffice? Or should i go with 2?
     
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    Quiara

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    Go for 2. You can never have too much.

    (Voice of satan: BUY THE NEW MACBOOK) ^_~
     
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    Eidorian

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    You can add another 1 GB into the second slot for a total of 1.5 GB.
     

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